No... the Foundation series is "just okay," in my opinion. The earlier books (written earlier) were interesting primarily because of their examination of social mores and structures. None is what I'd been expecting from a "science fiction" classic. This one is obviously written by an author more experienced and shaped by fans' desires for "a normal novel," and it's not a particularly interesting one.
Not write it... the "prequel" thing doesn't work.
As good as any; he's a great narrator.
I hope not.
Not really. Brick is excellent but the book is just very weak. Nothing happens. Clancy rambles on and on interminably about communism. Then another character starts thinking about it and we get to hear the same diatribes all over again. Repeat ad nauseum. Very boring.
What story? Nothing really happens. The entire "plot" would be the subject of one chapter in another of his books. This book is really not worthy of Clancy in my opinion. Furthermore, Jack Ryan comes across as more of a loudmouthed jerk in this book compared to his other adventures, where he's more circumspect and not as profane. This entire book just seems incongruous with Clancy's oeuvre (there... I get a nickel for using "oeuvre").
He's one of the better narrators and does excellently with all types of accents (at least to my American ear). His Brit could stand some polishing up, but it's not laughable like some narrators' attempts.
No... I think I'd not bother with this one if I could choose again.
The plot was involved and the characters were interesting.
I liked the intrigue with the Navy and the local cops.
His narration is competent but not my favorite. It doesn't distract from the story but he seems a bit stuffy at times. Definitely not among the worst I've heard but not among the best either.
Good plot, good character development, story moved quickly enough to keep interest.
The Irish characters were satisfactorily performed to my American ear, though I wager a true native would cringe at his foibles.
The plot is not as involved, nor the character development as detailed as later Clancy works. I don't really feel like we get to know much about Ryan. He's also not as crucial a character in this story. Which is weird, as he's kinda the main guy.
Sure, but not as much as later Clancy works. I actually prefer the film version of the story, which is highly unusual for me. In the film, Ryan is much more crucial to the events and more capable. In the book he's kinda just wandering around.
His accents are LAUGHABLE, particularly his "southern" attempt. It sounds like a bad cartoon. I mean, REALLY BAD.
Yes, buy the movie.
Narrator is horrible; avoid in future.
I guess I'm weird, because the way Lou Diamond takes a quick little breath before each sentence was very distracting to me, and just about drove me batty. After a few minutes of each listening session I started to disregard it and focus on the story, but for a while I was annoyed almost to the point of turning off the recording.
It's a little slower than the typical Clancy, with more character development and less shoot'em'up, but I liked it a lot.
The narrator was annoying to the point of almost intolerability at first, but I got used to it later, particularly as I got more engaged in the story. A different narrator would have been better.
The narrator is great and the characters, particularly the bad guys, are written well and you find yourself caring about them. The plot is a little unbelievable by Clancy standards, but he can be forgiven for that.
Brick is one of my favorite readers... very capable in all regards. No distractions from the story.
I bought the abridged version by mistake and the narrator is horrible. And due to the sloppy abridgment I was often lost and didn't really care about anything going on. My fault for not checking but I seriously wonder who benefits from these abridged recordings.
any other Jack Ryan book that hasn't been abridged and performed badly.
Good listen. I liked the music and the "acted" out scenes, but I still wouldn't have been disappointed with just the single narrator. I thought the kid who voiced Paul could have been much less wooden, for one thing. It was a bit confusing jumping from the narrator's version of the characters' voices to the acted-out version and back all the time. But it was still a good listen. The story? Mmmmm... not the astoundingly good one I'd been led to expect by Dune fans, but interesting enough. I have no desire to read it again.
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